Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Places in the News: Winslow, Arizona

Winslow, Arizona
U.S. Geological Survey topographic map, 1986
Ball State University GIS Research and Map Collection

Places in the News:  Winslow, Arizona

Glenn Frey of the rock group the Eagles passed away on Monday.  One of the group’s most popular songs, “Take It Easy,” has an opening line that was originally written by Jackson Browne.  Browne wrote the lyrics, “…standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona,” but was stuck with those words.  So according to the Showtime History of the Eagles documentary, Glenn Frey finished the line “…such a fine sight to see—a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford…”

The song made Winslow, Arizona (east of Flagstaff) in Navajo County famous.  Today visitors can actually stand on a corner that commemorates the song with a statue of a guitarist and a red flatbed Ford truck.  The corner is now a popular tourist destination on the famous Route 66 highway.

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